Wes (Kagemni the Malign)
Colby (Coireall Dragonsbane)
Joe (Duaidhstighféin aka Féin)
Tim (Keeley the Castle)
To shorten the mini-city adventures and equipment buying, the characters all learn that the ship they are suppose to board, The Harbinger, will not be departing until tomorrow at sunrise. Leandro attempts to start a fight with the dockmaster over the ship not being ready and Coireall walks in and attempts to break up the fight which only turns Leandros attention to Coireall instead. The fight is broken up by hired hands of the dockmaster and Leandro walks off. He is approached by a singing bard from the street who introduces herself as Eithne. Some of the others, including Leandro, had noticed that she had been singing a tale in the street of a silver merchant, who in his greed and paranoia, hid his treasure in a local cave, fearing he would be robbed in town. Unfortunately, the cave is currently inhabited by a creature with the head of a man, body of a lion, and a tail of a scorpion. Eithne convinces Leandro to aid her in getting the treasure. She also approaches Keeley and Coireall and asks if they would be interested in aiding her. Keeley jumps on board quickly but Coireall is reluctant. For reasons unkown to Eithne, he joins. As they approach where Eithne had left Leandro, they find him speaking with another human male about their silver parchments and the treasure Leandro is seeking. The human introduces himself as Kagemni and is allowed to join them. Before leaving, Eithne stops at the local slave emporium to pick up her recently purchased slave. Uneasy at the thought of slaves, Keeley and Coireall remain outside to wait.
The party ventures out of the village and into the woods to the north. The night air starts to get a bit chilly, as winter is approaching. They continue to follow Eithne to a cave about 45 minutes outside of Ayrshire. Keeley adventures forth to inspect the cave and it’s inhabitants. As he near the mouth, several spikes (6) fly out and several barely scrap his armor. Keely draws his sword and prepares to attack. Coireall and Keeley charge into the cave for attack, while Leandro slinkers past to behind the beast to attack. Kagemni also attempts to quietly sneak in but is spotted and opens attack. He casts some type of shadow illumination which causes the room to be darkened by shadow, making it hard to see. The beast, now identified as a Manticore, yells out, in Gaelic, for the party to leave his home. Eithne opens up in song and the beast seems to calm and sit down. Féin, who is aware of the treasure’s location (unknown to the party), moves forward. From behind, the manticore is attacked by Leandro which breaks Eithne’s enchantment and the beats attacks Leandro, sending him unconscious and near death. Keeley calls out that he will break off attack if the manticore does not attack him and the Manticore agrees. As such, Keeley leaves the cave but not before Coireall, who is convinced that the cave is the creature’s home and that they’re invading it. Kagemni press the battle on though. It’s possible that he and Leandro don’t speak Gaelic so don’t understand that the Manticore wanted them to leave but they were translated into common by Coireall and they still continued to attack. Kagemni presses pattle on while Féin negotiates to leave, if he is allowed to retrieve his fallen comrade. The manticore reluctantly agrees. Féin moves in to secure Leandro but has the intention to also locate the treasure. Before he has a chance to really loook, Kagemni takes a final blow, which knocks the manticore unconscious. Now free to do whatever, Féin searches through a pile or sticks and rubble and finds only a tattered sack which he places inside his own sack and drags Leandro out of the cave.
Once outside the cave, it is revealed by Kagemni that he did not kill the manticore, only knocked it out. Slight deliberation is made on killing the manticore and it is decided to leave it be. They got what they came for. Speaking of which, Féin is told to remove his findings from his sack so that the treasure can be split. Only Kagemni and Leandro actually lay claim to it but they offer a share to Féin who Eithne agrees may have it. The treasure claimed was some silver coins, a broken china plate, and a wooden, laquered box with a silver hook latch. Inside the box was a deck of cards, revealed to be magical in origin. Keeley asks to see the cards but the group is informed by Kagemni that he believes these cards to be able to grant good fortune to the user but also has a good chance to grant misfortune to the user. He recommends they not be fooled with for the moment and the group agrees. They head back to Ayrshire.
As they near Ayrshire, from the sky, another large creature drops in on them. He has the hindquarters of a big goat, the forequarters of a lion, and 3 heads: 1 of a horned goat, one of a maneless lion, and one of a white dragon. At the sight of the creature, Leandro hides in the forest quietly. The beast lands in front of the group and breathes cold air onto them, dealing some damage. Immediately, all withdraw and run away, except Keeley who decides to attempt to fight it before the rest run off. Before Keeley can make the decision to run or continue to fight, a bolt of lightning strikes from the middle of the clearing and hits the beast in the chest. It falls dead. A elderly man appears in the clearing and demands the deck. Eithne comes out from her hiding place and addresses the man as Ciaran. She speaks with him as if she knows him well. After a few moments, she convinces the rest of the group that is hiding to return. Coireall had already run to far to hear the call back. He had only heard the crack of the lightning from behind. He eventually turned back. Again Ciaran demands the deck and becomes aggravated when it is not given. Kagemni states that he will hand it over if good reason can be shown as to why the man is entitled to it. Ciaran only continues to demand the deck, now referring to it as the artifact. The group begins to argue back and forth with Ciaran and finally, Eithne intervenes and convinces Ciaran to allow the group to hold onto the artifact for now and they will all meet at The Forked Road (local pub in Ayrshire) for dinner and discuss the artifacts placement. She instructs Kagemni to cease argument and just hold onto the deck. Ciaran teleports away, after agreeing, and the group sets forth to head back to Ayrshire.
Those that played, if I left anything out, let me know. Add any comments that you wish for others to know (missing details, backstory revelations, etc). I forgot to award XP due to the session running late. Be sure to remind me to do that first thing next session.